New animal center opened

Animal Humane Complex Salem

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Columbiana County dog owners have a new place to turn for help with their pets.

The Humane Society of Columbiana County opened its new Animal Resource Complex on Friday in Salem with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“We laid 15 rolls of 500-pound rubber flooring down,” said society president Jenny Pike. “Inside looks like a track, like a fitness room.”

It’s a place where pet owners can run around despite the weather and where owners can go to learn about their pets.

“Our humane agents our there to help people not just punish them” for mistreatment, Pike said.

The complex will host educational programs and serve as a resource center for people having issues with pets.

“It’s a one-stop place,” said society operations director Heather Jurina. “If you’re having a problem or an issue we’re going to be able to give you an idea or direction to try to help.”

An anonymous donor is helping to pay for the new facility, but the humane society said they still need help with operating the programs.

“We operate on donor dollars and the more help we can get the more help we can give,” Pike said.

An open house at the new complex is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“So we really just want this sense of community where your pet is involved and it’s just a feel-good place where you can enjoy things with your pets, like a community center, but for you and your pets,” Jurina said.

 

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